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UC Students Present Papers at Phi Alpha Theta Convention

Williamsburg, Ky. – Three University of the Cumberlands students presented papers on January 5-6, at the Phi Alpha Theta 2006 Biennial Convention held in Philadelphia, Pa.

“We submitted these papers for possible inclusion and everyone that we submitted was accepted,” said Dr. Eric Wake, UC history and political science department chair and Upsilon-Upsilon sponsor.

Brad Dobney, a senior from Xenia, Ohio, delivered his paper titled “The Battle of Britain; Eric C. Musgrave, a senior from Barbourville, Ky., presented “Social Severance: A Cause of the American Civil War,”; and Megan E. Smith, a senior from Williamsburg, Ky., read from her “The Unexplored Legacy of Justice James McReynolds.”

All received good marks on their presentation.

The students are members of Upsilon-Upsilon, a local chapter of the National History Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta. Phi Alpha Theta holds its convention every two years. This is the first year University of the Cumberlands’ Upsilon-Upsilon has had three papers presented at the convention.

“I am extremely proud of these young people who have represented the University so well. They chose to give up part of their Christmas vacation to further their academic pursuits and to represent the University. This is why we do so well in the national competitions as a Chapter. I am proud of their willingness to step out of the ordinary class work model and display their talents on the national stage,” said Wake.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Ky., is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberland offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and 9 pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for busy adults.